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A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story | [Gregory Benford]

A Hunger for the Infinite: A Galactic Center Story

A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.
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Publisher's Summary

A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

©1999 Gregory Benford (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Jeroen 05-19-15
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    "Excellent"

    This novel is an instant classic. I found the development of the artificial intelligence alien species fascinating.

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    Sunny 05-02-13
    Sunny 05-02-13 Listener Since 2009

    library technician & reader of speculative fiction: alternate realities, cyberpunk, fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, time-travel, etc.

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    "Don't get this if you have a weak stomach."
    Would you try another book from Gregory Benford and/or Robin Sachs?

    Maybe, depending on the content.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Benford again?

    Maybe, depending on the content.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Sachs’s performances?

    Sure, the narration was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. Though the story intrigued me, it was much too gory for me to handle.


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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-01-12
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "didn't like it at all but"

    It's also not my usual fair so I'll allow that maybe it's too far out of my zone to be liked. I don't usually read Sci-fi and this reminds me why. It can be too cold. I d/l because it was free and I do like to try authors I don't know. This didn't work for me.

    That said, I loved the narrator. I could listen to that voice all day long. :)

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    Reney 10-14-12
    Reney 10-14-12 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!

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    What would have made A Hunger for the Infinite better?

    a story


    What could Gregory Benford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not write it


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance wasn't the problem - just not my type of story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    not my thing at ALL! a mistake for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12
    Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12 Member Since 2015

    Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.

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    What disappointed you about A Hunger for the Infinite?

    The whole storyline was weird to me, I really couldn't picture all that I listened to in my mind which kind of made it very boring to me but won't give a bad comment since it might be me who really didn't uunderstand it. You can try your luck and prove me wrong.


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    tdg 08-30-12
    tdg 08-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Torture"

    The narrator was fantastic and eased the hell of listening to this. I like sci-fi but this short story was confusing, and it seemed the author was trying to impress me with his fine ability to make up quasi-scientific sounding words that often appeared to have little if any meaning.

    In short, not my cup of tea.

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    Joseph 08-09-12
    Joseph 08-09-12 Member Since 2009

    A storyteller, reader, and writer (in that chronological order) since childhood, Audible helps me to bring all 3 together.

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    "Avoid this one"

    Wretched, full of meaningless violence, creepy-crawly horror for its own sake, don't buy it, that's about all I have to say.

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    Myk Canberra, Australia 08-09-12
    Myk Canberra, Australia 08-09-12
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    "Too much philosophising, not enough story"

    While I certainly can appreciate a fair amount of philosophical introspection in a book, Benford leaps straight to it in this book, and never seems to let up. A half hour in, I felt no connection to any of the characters and no desire to keep listening. I've left it unfinished, and am unlikely to try another of Benford's books. If this book was given out free to draw readers into the series, it's completely failed to do that with me.

    I feel sorry for the narrator, shackled to such dry wittering.

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    Jim South Jordan, UT, United States 08-09-12
    Jim South Jordan, UT, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good for a listen, not a good starting point"
    What did you love best about A Hunger for the Infinite?

    The story was quite good and as a stand alone story, it was well written.


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although he does a wonderful job as a reader, the voices he does sometimes get confused as there were several voices that sounded the same.


    Any additional comments?

    However, since this is not a standalone book, it would not make since for the average reader/listener to start here as they would not get the background needed to understand the bulk of the references.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 07-30-12
    Sandy 07-30-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Employ your active listening skills for this one.."

    Benford is taking us 'outside the box' in this short story.

    Now a few of his stories are in my huge Wish List.

    It is not just the future, or wars, or offworlders a little like us. The tech stuff is there and humanity out there exploring and yes, warring. Is death really the worst that could happen?
    Then surviving in the 'worse than death' experience what else could happen?

    I expect Star Treck fans could enjoy this for the ideas expressed and like me add a few of Gregory Benford's books to their Library to savour slowly.
    Thank You Audible.

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